Divorce happens for a number of reasons. Some couples choose to split because they no longer love one another, others dissolve the marriage because of adultery. While there are plenty of other reasons that a divorce may happen, there is the possibility of abuse. This may be the most tragic reason for a couple to get a divorce because it often means that the victim has been dealing with the abuse--be it physical or emotional--for a considerable amount of time.
One of the major reasons that no-fault divorce laws were enacted in states such as Washington was to help victims of domestic violence escape their unhealthy relationships. This type of law first came about in the 1960s and 1970s and while it helps abused individuals free themselves, it also helps unhappy people free themselves. Many proponents of no-fault divorce believe that the ease of getting a divorce makes people more concerned about the marriages because a spouse can file the paperwork at anytime without needing a reason. Opponents say that this is what caused the national divorce rate to jump.